After months of being hurt, I have slowly started getting back into the swing of things. And by slowly, I mean my longest run since July has totaled 35 minutes. And I’m okay with that. It’s actually been kind of nice not to have anything to train for (although I will admit that I hate that I’m not running any of my favorite fall races – aka Army 10 Miler) and to not feel forced to run. I don’t have to feel guilty for not waking up early on Sunday to get in a long run. I’ve been focusing a lot more on walking and shorter, easier runs with lots of stretching and yoga moves. Not yoga, just yoga stretches. I haven’t gained any weight (in fact, I’ve actually lost a few pounds) and I feel great overall.
Since I am starting to build my base again, I decided it was time to finally buy a new pair of sneakers since my Brooks weren’t doing anything good for me. Again, not to say that Brooks are a bad shoe; these shoes were just not for me. I spent a lot of time researching, reading, and trying on different shoes before making this purchase. I cannot stress this enough: Go to a running store to buy your sneakers. Do it. You will NOT regret it. They work with you and help you understand the differences between all the different varieties of shoes. I have spent no less than an hour at a time trying on shoes, walking in them, running in them (on their treadmill in the store,) trying different ways to tie the shoes…it’s incredible what a difference your shoe laces can make! I tried a 4 mm, 8mm and 12 mm drop shoe (most typical running sneakers have a 12 mm heel to toe drop. The lower the drop, the closer it is to being a minimal type shoe. Correct me if I’m wrong people.) Since my knee has been giving me such problems and I’ve gotten so many stress fractures over the past few years, I thought a more minimal style shoe would be better for me. I spoke with a few of the wonderful people at Potomac River Running (in Reston) and the overall consensus was that my body has been through a lot of stress, and what I need to do is focus on a shoe that can help me to re-build my base SAFELY. Trying to jump from an injury into a shoe that will change my running form is not a good idea. I was convinced after all the reading I’ve done about minimal running that it would be a great solution for my knees, but after trying a few different types of shoes, I realize they are right.
Long story short, I bought the Adidas Aegis 2W’s. I wanted a light shoe with a snug fit that would allow me to feel the road but without the minimal stress.
These pictures make them look a lot bulkier than they are. They are very lightweight, and the cushion is prevalent but not overwhelming. Like I said, I wanted to feel the road, and with these I can. I’m not crazy about the color (they’re red on one said and black on the other) but color doesn’t affect my performance so I’ll have to suck it up for now.
I did a 3 mile run with my co-worker Craig out on the W&OD trail with the new shoes and felt great.
Mile 1: 8:33
Mile 2: 9:07
Mile 3: 9:23
And the shoes? So far so good. Since I have 30 days to return them, I have to try to get as many miles as them as possible to ensure they’re a good fit, so you will be hearing a lot about these shoes. Man I wish I knew I had 30 days to return the Brooks…but whatever.
Do you have any stories about Adidas running sneakers?